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Volume 16/Issue 5, September 2020

COVID-19 surveillance swabbing in a tertiary NICU

Kristin Tanney, Kath Eaton, Louise Hesketh, Ngozi Edi-Osagie


Like other neonatal units around the world, COVID-19 raised many questions for us about personal protective equipment, parental presence, and how best to cohort babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). There is limited guidance on the use of routine swabbing to guide practice in neonatal care. However, as we were caring for a group of very vulnerable patients, it was felt that regular surveillance would provide the assurance to staff and parents that the unit remained safe and COVID-19 free.

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